Situated in Bac Kan province, about 240km to the north of Hanoi, Ba Be National Park is a breathtaking natural reserve set amid towering peaks, covering the area of over 100km2 to protect Ba Be freshwater lake, the limestone mountains and the tropical rainforest.
There is the group of Tay minority in the surrounding area, living in stilt houses. The park has abundant biodiversity with over 500 named plant pieces and up to 300 wildlife pieces, including bears, monkeys, bats and other insects. Ba Be Lake is a magnificent sight inside the park.
It is in fact three linked lakes named Pe Leng, Pe Lam, and Pe Lu, with a total length of 8km and a width of approximately 400m. The water resources of the lake come from Ta Han, Bo Lu and Leng Rivers, which flows from the south and the west, creates a peaceful landscape.
People often come here for a boat trip around the lake, which takes about an hour and a half.
To the north of the park, where the Nang River flows through, you can also admire the spectacular scenery of Puong Cave - about 50m high and 30m long - which is home to thousands bats; and Dau Dang Waterfall – a series of cascades between sheer wall of rocks.
The best time to plan a trip to Ba Be National Park is during winter and spring - the dry season - to avoid high water level of the lake and leeches in the forest. Also, coming at this time, you can enjoy many cultural activities and traditional performances of the local hill tribes to celebrate the New Year.